[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Louise Urwin - Homestake creek extreme race"][/caption]

This year Level six paddlers Louise Urwin, Brenna Kelly & Tino Specht were in Vail, Colorado for the 2010 Teva Mountain Games.  This event draws top international athletes to compete in extreme racing, long distance, freestyle and 8-ball events for a good prize purse.

The first event is the steep creek extreme race on Homestake creek, a low-volume manky creek that no competitor takes lightly as there is a large margin for error with tight lines, one mistake will cost you those precious seconds needed to take the title.  At over 8,000 ft the altitude also comes into play, after a five minute lap you find yourself gasping for breath and after the short walk back to the top of the course, you are pretty stuffed.

Myself, Brenna and some other friends drove the 30 hrs to Vail and straight into practice.  I was pretty happy with my practice runs and was feeling confident but come race day, I caught an edge,  got turned and flipped over some rocks, hit a rock further down and got eddied out and that was enough to put me out of contention, so gutted but more determined for next year :)

There was a huge kiwi contingent in Vail this year, 19 to be precise so we rented a pimp mansion in the heart of Vail village for Kiwi's and friends, it was a fantastic week of racing and enjoying the festival.  Besides the kayaking there is a huge gear town, mountain biking, slopestyle, running, fishing, dog jumping, climbing and more so there's never a dull moment.  Unfortunately they cancelled the 8-ball race due to rising water levels, disappointing for those us wanting to make amends after the creek race but we'll just have to bring our A-game next year!


1st  Sam Sutton

2nd  Andrew Holcolme

3rd  Tao Berman


1st  Tanya Faux

2nd  Martina Wagman

3rd  Nikki Kelly

[caption id="attachment_2375" align="aligncenter" width="427" caption="NZ boys performing Haka for extreme race champ Sam Sutton"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Womens Xtreme race winners"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2371" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Brenna Kelly - Steep creek race"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Tino Specht - xtreme race finals"][/caption]

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None of our crew had freestyle boats so we became a cheering squad instead for the freestyle comp.

The finals were pretty intense as the river rose and became a darker shade of brown. The hole became more of a wave and giant chunks of tree debri ripped through the hole adding an element of risk to the freestyle game as whole tree limbs and stumps flushed through.


1st Emily Jackson

2nd  Tanya Faux

3rd  Haley Mills


1st  Dustin Urban

2nd  Jason Craig

3rd Casper Van Kalmthout

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Hi Everyone, been gone forever and glad to be back to the etxciing news of Ebby’s win!.Loved the video, just like the Queen’s race. I love that she looks just like her daddy.Any news about our young Prince?, any girlfriends yet? How is the Queen and 13 Zenyatta doing?. I trust they are both doing well.Does Prince even ask about his mama or is he too busy looking too cute around the gals?. How was Breeders cup? other than the section about the Queen, did anything etxciing happen. I so do hope that a lot of Z’s fans were able to attend to show the Queen that we still got her back. LoL to all and God’s Blessings to the Queen ..

Nov 23, 2015

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